Types of Virtualization

Just about anything you can think of in an IT environment can potentially be virtualized. The major categories of virtualization in use today are

(1) server virtualization, which allows multiple servers to run on a single physical server; (2) application virtualization, which allows applications to run independently of the underlying host operating system; (3) network virtualization, which combines resources on a network so they can be managed as a single entity; (4) storage virtualization, which allows multiple storage devices to be combined as one large storage resource; and (5) desktop virtualization, which allows virtual desktops to be centrally managed on a server and run by the end user on a thin client machine.

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